British motorcyclist Mark Purslow died during qualifying for the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race, the organizers of the mythical race confirmed in an official statement.

The 29-year-old Welshman, taking part in his second Tourist Trophy, was on his third lap of the fourth qualifying session when the fatal accident occurred at Ballagarey.

Purslow had previously traversed the Mountain Course at an average speed of nearly 120 miles per hour.

Also local sportsman Dave Moffitt was airlifted to hospital in Liverpool last Tuesday after another accident and was reported to be in serious but stable condition.

The race, considered the most dangerous in the world of motorsport, is taking place again after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the longest break for this event since the Second World War.

The round-the-island races off England’s north-west coast have been held since 1907 and have 259 kills to date.